Friday, 12 February 2016

Future Retro Space Tourism Posters

For NASA and JPL, artists created posters for sites like Mars and Venus for a golden age of space travel that hasn’t happened yet. (Thanks to ShortscaleDave on Lead Adventure.)

Ceres - Queen Of The Asteroid Belt!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

A great SF author... who does not exist.

Edson McCann won a new SF writing award despite (a) submitting after deadline and (b) actually being Fredrik Pohl and Lester Del Rey, already well-established and, oh, friend of the judge and sometimes published by the contest sponsors. Not the most dramatic case of needing a nom de plume, but the backstory of a nuclear physicist writing in secret about the sinister power of corporate interests would be...

All Souls

All Souls, or possibly A Discovery Of Witches, is a new series from Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, based on an urban fantasy novel series and to be adapted by Ashley Pharoah of Life On Mars.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Happy New Year Of The Monkey

It’s New Year in the Chinese Zodiac, and year of the Monkey. The monkey is a major feature in Chinese mythology, not least the anti-hero of Journey To The West, which to a certain generation in the UK was the basis for MONKEY and a long-term influence on us.

Like the Horse and unlike the Sheep last year, the role of monkeys in Chinese culture can suggest a variety of adventure hooks - monkeys who can speak or take human form, creatures that look like moneys to deceive.

The Periodic Table

Here in the UK a Google Doodle celebrates Dmitri Mendeleev’s 182nd birthday (making him six years younger than Jules Verne) and the Periodic Table, the great ongoing work of organising and instruction of chemistry.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Do you wanna come with me?

The main Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is so good that it can make just about anything feel grand and emotive and epic. Need an example? Masters Of The Universe.

So... for something already emotive and a wee bit epic... like the return of Doctor Who in 2005...

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Australia Day

The Google Doodle for Australia Day makes a showing for its indigenous people. As noted before, Doctor Who has never visited Australia (not counting a scene shot in the UK in 1966) so would one story fit a turning point in national history? Or should we look at Australian SF?

You have been watching...

An oddly not-animated Google Doodle indicates that today marks the 90th anniversary of the first demonstration of television. A rare luxury before the war, it became more common in the UK in time for the Coronation, as seen in The Idiot’s Lantern.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Friday, 22 January 2016

2016 off, 2017 Moffat, 2018 Chibnall

So, there is news.

“Feels odd to be talking about leaving when I’m just starting work on the scripts for season 10, but the fact is my timey-wimey is running out. While Chris is doing his last run of Broadchurch, I’ll be finishing up on the best job in the universe and keeping the TARDIS warm for him. It took a lot of gin and tonic to talk him into this, but I am beyond delighted that one of the true stars of British Television drama will be taking the Time Lord even further into the future. At the start of season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new showrunner of Doctor Who. And I will be thrown in a skip.”
Steven Moffat, announcing his departure.

Also, S10 will be in spring 2017, not this autumn.

In the meantime, Class is on the way...

Wilbur Scoville

A Google Doodle game for the 151st birthday of Wilbur Scoville, who measured the heat of peppers.

So, er, plot? Something about alien gourmands seeking the spiciest food in the galaxy?

Thursday, 21 January 2016